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Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

The federal health insurance market for individuals won’t open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty. In the latest development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pulled out of meetings around the state organized by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Those meetings were ...

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State’s federal delegation praises GOP tax overhaul framework

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal  Guidelines for tax reform released last week by the White House and congressional leaders are winning praise from most of Mississippi’s federal lawmakers. President Donald Trump’s administration and key committees from the U.S. House and Senate have released a set of guidelines that sketch out a rough draft of legislation intended to overhaul the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Quickie budget hearings produce few surprises

The Legislature’s quickie budget hearings produced few surprises last week. Schools, colleges, and universities, as usual, asked for lots more money while legislators, as usual, focused on holding down spending.   One unusual aspect, compared to recent history, was the absence of a looming budget cut due to revenue shortfalls. State tax collections for the first two months of this ...

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Millsaps poll finds support for transportation, not gas tax hike

   By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal A plurality of Mississippians believe improving the state’s transportation system should be the Legislature’s top priority, but an overwhelming number oppose increasing the tax on gasoline – viewed by many as the most logical way to pay for additional road and bridge needs. Those results were revealed in a poll released Wednesday by ...

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Education agency denies auditor’s claim of breaking bid laws

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering on Thursday accused the Mississippi Department of Education of breaking state laws governing contracts and said he’s continuing to investigate problems. The department, though, denied breaking any laws, saying it would work with Pickering. “We do not agree that we’ve done anything improper or wrong,” department Chief Operating Officer Felicia Gavin told reporters. “We have ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Rights, entitlements, public interest and health care

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service lists the following as the rights of American citizenship: freedom of expression; freedom to worship as you wish; right to a prompt, fair trial by jury; right to vote in elections for public officials; right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship; right to run for elected office; and freedom to pursue “life, liberty, ...

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Medicaid plans to go forward with contracts after no action by review panel

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  Members of the state Personal Service Contract Review Board refused to adopt its own staff recommendations to approve contracts totaling about $2 billion annually awarded by the Division of Medicaid to three managed care companies. But the five-member board also refused during Tuesday’s hearing to reject the contracts, meaning Medicaid has the option of ...

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Mississippi legislators conducting budget hearings this week

Lawmakers are starting to work on a Mississippi budget for the year that begins July 1. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets Thursday and Friday in Jackson. Members will hear funding requests from the Department of Education, the Division of Medicaid and a few other agencies. Legislators used to hold extensive budget hearings throughout September to hear from large and small departments. ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The U.S. Supreme Court Mississippi flag order that wasn’t

Marshall Ramsey’s September 3 cartoon, depicting Governor Bryant as a Confederate soldier writing home about defending the flag on order of the “Yankee Supreme Court,” is quite clever and well-drawn.  The immensely-talented cartoonist is a credit to the State of Mississippi.  This particular cartoon, however, may perpetuate recent indistinct and misleading news reports.  Counter to published reports in various news ...

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State to collect taxes on online lodging rentals

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The Mississippi Department of Revenue will begin collecting Mississippi sales taxes and local tourism taxes on short-term lodging rentals made through such companies as Airbnb. Kathy Waterbury a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, confirmed Monday via email that a new regulation, which will be final Sept. 28, will tax short-term lodging rentals, such ...

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